A New Jitney Route in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ —The township of West Orange will get its much anticipated sixth jitney route in the next couple of months. The route will cover both the Redwood and Pleasantdale sections of the township. No specific stops have been decided yet, but Mayor Robert Parisi is assuring residents in an interview that the township is committed to focusing on the Pleasant Valley Way and Eagle [...]

Getting Ready for Passover

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Passover will be celebrated on April 10th this year, but Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange has already begun its traditional pre-Passover events. Next Monday, a special workshop titled “Planning the Seder” is scheduled for 7pm. In addition, next Wednesday, the Temple is planning a “Lunch & Learn” [...]

West Orange Resident Found Guilty of Bias Intimidation

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced yesterday that West Orange resident, Exampliar Exantus, age 47, had been found guilty of four counts of fourth-degree bias intimidation. This comes after a jury trial before Superior Court [...]

Special Elections to be Held for Orange BOE

ORANGE, NJ – The city of Orange is going to the polls again to elect two new members for the Board of Education. The polls will be open Tuesday, March 28, from 1 to 8 p.m. Following the elections, the number of BOE members will increase from the current seven to nine, as the state requires in this type of district.

According to Orange clerk's office, the candidates for the […]

Essex County Favors “Repeal and Replace”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – While lawmakers in Washington are getting ready to debate the new healthcare bill, Essex County residents are welcoming the expected changes. In a survey conducted by The Essex Times, 55% of respondents said that they were in favor of the House of Representatives’ proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. 81% of respondents said that healthcare costs […]

Thompson Announces His Candidacy for East Orange Mayor

EAST ORANGE, NJ - A new candidate has entered the East Orange Mayoral race - John Thompson Jr. Thompson believes that governments on all levels have disappointed its citizens and he is confident that he can offer a different perspective and vision on how government should work for the community of East Orange.
In a letter to the people of East Orange he writes the [...]

Wiretapping in Trump Tower?

WASHINGTON D.C. - In a series of tweets, President Trump claimed that President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. Trump said in the tweets that he had "just found out" about being wiretapped. The President asked Congress to investigate this issue.

When asked to provide evidence to this serious allegation [...]

More Believe that “Country is Headed the Right Direction”

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – In a survey conducted by The Essex Times, 57% of respondents said that the US was headed the right direction. Only 43% said that the country was not headed the right direction. These numbers represent a jump in those who believe that the country is headed the right direction: only 28% were optimistic back in September 2016, just before the elections, and 72% were [...]

Bloomfield Councilman Rejects Plea; Trial to Begin May 16

NEWARK, NJ – Bloomfield Councilman, Elias Chalet, will stand for trial on May 16 for allegedly accepting a bribe to use his political power. The Bloomfield councilman is accused of soliciting a $15,000 bribe in order to secure a real estate deal. Last week, Chalet rejected a plea bargain of seven years in state prison, with three […]

A Bomb Threat against the JCC – But Who is Behind It?

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Recent bomb threats against Jewish centers around the country have not skipped the peaceful center in West Orange. A phone call threatening to bomb the local Jewish community center was received yesterday afternoon and sent a wave of […]

Trump Denounces Wave of Anti-Semitic Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – in a very emotional speech, President Trump spoke out against the wave of anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish community centers. Following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, President Trump called the attacks “horrible” reminders of the bigotry that still exists [...]

No Immigrant Day Care in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Following an emotional and at times heated public hearing, the West Orange Zoning Board decided to deny an application of a South American immigrant to open a day care center in her home. The Board cited several zoning difficulties in approving this kind of application, despite it being “inherently beneficial”, as the applicant’s planner, Peter Steck, tried to describe it in his [...]

“Warren Needs to Go”: Calls for Orange Mayor Resignation

ORANGE, NJ — Demonstrators in Orange were calling for the resignation of Mayor Dwayne Warren yesterday. A large demonstration, organized by a group named “The Honest Way”, was calling for the Orange Mayor to step down following an FBI raid of the Orange municipal building in January and a shutdown of city [...]

“Flu Season is Getting Worse”, Says Newark Beth Israel Physician

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County has already experienced a few snow storms in 2017 and flu season is on. Several hospitals in the County have been hit hard, with people suffering from flu and other winter infections.

"So far this flu season, we have been very busy. I believe that [...]

A Gun Seized at Newark Liberty

NEWARK, NJ - A loaded gun was seized from a passenger at Newark Liberty International airport yesterday morning after the passenger took the gun to a security checkpoint in a carry-on bag, officials said.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said that a loaded .25 caliber handgun had been spotted by the TSA as the carry-on bag was being X-rayed at a checked-in in Terminal C. The spokewoman added that the 59 years old passenger told officers that he hadn't realized that the gun was in his bag. The passenger [...]

Affordable Housing Debated in Glen Ridge

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - A special Council Meeting was held on December 12 in Glen Ridge’s municipal building to explain to the Borough Council and the general public the impact that New Jersey’s affordable housing mandate has on the Glen Ridge community. Elizabeth McKenzie, a court-appointed Special Master, presented to members of the Council and dozens of audience members the history of the affordable housing act, called the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), which followed a legal case in Mt. Laurel back in the mid 1980s. McKenzie also discussed the specific impact which arises from a lawsuit brought by Glen Ridge Developers, LLC [...]

West Orange Protest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While President Trump is quickly fulfilling his campaign promises, a small group of activists decided to protest in West Orange. A couple of dozens of residents marched in provocation around the front of Town Hall chanting slogans against President Trump. “We need love, not hate,” said Sean Clark, one of the protestors, “we want equality. Trump is not the one who will [...]

Orange City Hall under FBI Investigation

ORANGE, NJ — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the Orange municipal building last Wednesday and shut it down for the day. “A search warrant was executed by the FBI in the city of Orange Township,” Orange public information Officer, Keith Royster, said […]

Shabbat House Celebrated

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dozens of people showed up to the dedication of the Shabbat House last night (housewarming party, or “Chanukat Bayit” in Hebrew). Rabbi Boruch Klar officiated the Hanukkah candle lighting and a large menorah was lit outside the house. Rabbi Klar and his wife, Devorah, have more than 30 years of bringing a message of love and unity to the Jewish community in Morris and Essex Counties. Among their projects are the Purim Ball, the Jewish Renaissance Fair in Morristown, and the Jewish Learning Institute. Their mission with the Shabbat House, their latest project, is to share the love and joy of Shabbat with every Jewish family in Essex County. Their wish [...]

Maplewood Reassessment Near Completion

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Board of Taxation and the New Jersey Division of Taxation have ordered the Township of Maplewood to perform a reassessment program to be implemented for tax year 2017. The program will ensure that assessments are conducted uniformly and equitably. Maplewood has contracted with Appraisal Systems, Inc. to assist with the reassessment process. According to Appraisal Systems, Inc., the 2017 assessed value of 7274 units around the township is $3.8 billion. The average [...]

Holocaust Survivors Observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A group of Holocaust survivors from Romania and their families observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday. The group continues the rituals and traditions formed while being in a concentration camp during World War [...]

No Disruption to PATH Schedule during Maintenance

NEWARK, NJ - The Port Authority will continue running PATH services to 33rd Street during maintenance period next month. Port Authority officials said that the repairs were necessary, but no [...]

March 2017

The Week in Photo

View of Lower Manhattan from Eagle Rock Reservation, March 2017

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